Window Trouble? Broken Window Glass Might Be the Problem

Gone are the days where we use a handle crank to roll our windows up and down. Well, not gone, since there are still plenty of vehicles on the road with crank handle windows, but a lot of drivers now have electronic windows. When we begin experiencing issues with our windows rolling up and down, we immediately think the problem is due to a bad fuse or wonky motor. However, have you ever considered the problem to be the cause of broken, or cracked, glass?

 

Even the smallest of broken pieces or chips can get lodged in the window track and interfere with operations. When rolling up a window, you’ll never see the bottom portion of it. There must be more window than the frame for the window to be properly sealed, and this is where the trouble is. Not being able to view the bottom part of the window glass can make it difficult to tell if that portion has been damaged. However, you can look for the following signs.

 

  • The window tilts either backward or forward, or both, as it goes up and down. If this is the case, the entire bottom portion could be completely broken off and will need replacing.

 

  • The window begins moving slowly midway through when going up or down. If this is happening, the broken piece of glass in the window track is becoming lodged as it moves up and down.

 

  • The window makes a scraping noise as it moves up and down. Hearing a distinct scraping noise means there is likely a small glass chip sliding up and down the metal frame.

 

If you’ve been experiencing any of the issues listed above, you should come pay us a visit at Carolina Windshield Centers. We’ll get your windows back in top shape and have you confidently back on the road in no time. We look forward to seeing you!

Some Reasons Why Auto Glass Replacements Vary

When getting an auto glass estimate for windshield replacement, you might be surprised to hear the number is much higher or lower than you were expecting. To get to the bottom of why the estimates vary so greatly, we’re going to provide you with a few examples.

1.) Insurance Company

Whether or not you decide to go through your insurance company to replace your windshield has an impact on how much you’ll pay. If you go through your insurance company, you might be able to get away with only paying your deductible. If you pay out of pocket, however, you’ll likely notice the final price you have to pay is much less. The reason for this is because a majority of insurance companies have a pre-negotiated discount rate based on volume. So, you may take the price you see for the ordinary price, when in fact it is only the ordinary price when going through an insurance company.

2.) Make and Model Impacts Price

One of the biggest influencers on price is the make and model of your vehicle, and most people do not realize this. Different types of cars often use different types of glass, in addition to variations in glass shape and size. If your car is a bit older, it may cost more to replace your windshield because locating a windshield for your car type could prove difficult. The situation will vary depending on your car, so keep the make and model of your automobile in mind when getting a replacement estimate.

3.) Windshield Special Features

Does your windshield have any special features, or features that your car has connected to the windshield? An example of a car feature connected to the windshield would be having automatic windshield wipers. If you’re replacing your windshield, the wiring work would have to be redone for the wipers. The latter will crank the price up. There are also windows that utilize unique tinting for digital displays, which is another example of a feature that can raise the price of an estimate. If your windshield has any of these features, expect to cough over more cash for your replacement.

Forking over money for a replacement windshield is not something most people want to do, but going in prepared helps to make the situation more manageable. For all of your windshield replacement needs, come on over to Carolina Windshield Centers!

How Windshield Wipers Can Scratch Your Windshield

An often over looked aspect to any vehicle, windshield wipers are an essential part of your driving experience. Granted, you might not have use of them for an entire month or longer, but it’s always best to have them in proper working order for when you do. After all, who knows when foreign matter might plant itself onto your auto glass? However, most of us are driving around with old wiper blades on our vehicles, and this simply won’t do.

Like anything else, windshield wipers break down as they age. They become brittle and pieces of rubber begin to break off, which leaves tiny gaps along the body of the blade. Not only does this make it harder for the blades to do their actual job, but it can also cause them to damage your windshield. When there are gaps along the blade body, rocks and dust can get trapped within those gaps and subsequently scrape along your windshield. Also, depending on the condition of your wipers, small bits of plastic and metal that make up the blade can fray out and rake along your auto glass. At first, you might not even notice, but over time you’ll be able to see the damage being dealt. If your windshield wipers have a bit of metal or plastic popping out, the damage will likely be quite visible. Not to mention the fact you’ll be able to hear the blade as it scrapes across your windshield. That is, as long as your music isn’t so loud it drowns out the noise.

It’s important to keep your windshield in good shape. If you cannot remember the last time you installed new wiper blades on your car, it’s high time you got yourself some new ones. Any type of consistent damage over long periods of time is bad for your auto glass, so take a peek at your blades to assess their condition. If things are looking rough, purchase some new ones. If you have visible scrapes along your windshield, or often hear your wipers making strange noises, it’s best to hop on acquiring new blades as quickly as possible. New blades are relatively inexpensive when compared to some auto glass procedures, so save yourself time and money and get some new windshield wipers. You’ll thank yourself in the long run!

Why Rear Windshield Replacement is Different

Car accidents wreak havoc on many aspects of your vehicle, including the rear windshield. If your windshield is shattered or damaged due to a collision, the next step is getting it fixed. However, upon receiving the quote for the rear windshield replacement, you might be surprised to find the price differs from that of the front windshield. We’re here to tell you why this is.

Rear Windshields Are Made Differently than Front Windshields

For starters, the rear windshield is made from different glass than the front one. The windshield at the front is made of laminated glass, which is comprised of two or three layers of glass. This way, the windshield will not shatter when something hits it. The rear windshield, however, is made of tempered glass. This kind of glass is designed to shatter when damaged enough. But, when it does shatter, it shatters into tiny pebbles, which greatly aids in reducing glass related injuries. Since these two glass types have different methods of creation, there is a price difference between the two.

Clean Up is Necessary with Rear Windshield Replacements

Since rear windshields are made to shatter when significantly damaged, there is usually a lot of glass strewn about the car afterwards. Upon bringing the car to the repair shop, the technician has to comb the car for glass pieces to make sure the area is clean before installing the new rear windshield. This clean-up process is typically not involved with front windshield replacement, since they often don’t shatter outright, so it factors into the cost of the replacement.

Rear Windshields Have a Defrost Grid

Rear windshields usually come equipped with a defrost grid that helps to melt ice and snow in the winter months. This is another major difference between front and rear windshields. Installing the defrost grid requires more time and effort, which plays into the price difference for replacing rear windshields.

Knowing the difference between rear windshields and front windshields can prep you for some sticker shock when coming in for a replacement. For all of your windshield replacement needs, head on over to Carolina Windshield Centers! You can reach us at 800-900-1505, or by filling out our online contact form.

Why Rust is Bad for Your Windshield

If you live in an area where the winters are harsh, it is likely you’ve either noticed rust on your own car or spotted it on others’ vehicles. This rust is the result of your vehicle being exposed to the salt and sand that is spread along the roadways in times of major snow storms and sleet. While it is important to keep your car clean in the winter to prevent adverse effects from all the salt and sand, rust can sneak up on you with even the most diligent care.

Rust, when present, often reveals itself as an eyesore on some portion of the body of your vehicle. This is when most people notice it, at least. However, what drivers aren’t aware of is that rust can have other unfavorable impacts upon your automobile. By default, rust causes the objects it attacks to become less stable.  This could mean that if it attacks any of the area around your windshield, it could be much more difficult to have your windshield replaced the next time it is necessary to do so.

When caring for your car, keep an eye out for rust around the edges of your windshield. This could mean there is a leak in that area too. On the bright side, minor amounts of rust around the perimeter of your windshield can be managed by an auto glass center no problem. However, if larger portions of your vehicle are impacted by rust, it is likely you’ll have to see someone of a more specialized skill set to remedy the issue. For example, a body shop. They have the appropriate tools to remove the rust on your car in an efficient manner. Since most primers used during windshield installation don’t adhere well to rust, it is best you get your car tended to as quickly as possible if you notice a spreading rust problem.

Heat & your Auto Glass

The relationship between heat and the automobile is something of a constant battle, especially here in North Carolina. Extreme heat can do a number to cars in terms of overheating, tire damage, engine performance, and most other parts of the vehicle.

One area we have the most experience with is of course auto glass. Heat can have a damaging effect on auto glass over time. Auto glass can potentially suffer in cases of severe heat. Already existing cracks in auto glass can spread and expand when exposed to extreme heat.

If you have a small crack in your windshield, you may be in luck. Many small cracks can be repaired, rather than fully replaced. However, if you blast the windshield with the AC during a hot summer day, you very well may need to get a full windshield replacement. That’s because the contrast between the heat and cool air can cause that small crack to spread.

Carolina Windshield Centers has locations across North Carolina. Please contact us for more information about our windshield replacement services!

Taking Care of your Auto Glass

Though many drivers may not know it, your auto glass is one of the most important safety features in your vehicle. However, many drivers do not think to maintain it as they might spend time maintaining other parts of their vehicle. While windshield cracks and chips should always be handled by a professional auto glass repair company, there are some things that you can keep in mind when driving and parking your vehicle.

  • Whenever possible, park your car in the shade. This is overall better for your vehicle, but it is especially smart for your auto glass. Extreme heat in the summer time on your vehicle’s glass can damage your windshield over time. On a similar note, cranking up the heat onto your windshield during the winter can negatively affect your auto glass.
  • Avoid slamming your car doors. We know how kids love to slam their doors, but this can actually rattle your auto glass and potentially stress the glass. It’s also just not good for your car doors!
  • Use a microfiber cloth for glass when you are cleaning your auto glass. Microfiber cloths are meant for cleaning glass and will not scratch your glass in any way. Additionally, ammonia based cleaners will damage your auto glass over time, so you should avoid these products when cleaning your auto glass.

Carolina Windshield Centers has locations across North Carolina. Please contact us for more information!

New Auto Glass Shop in Morrisville, North Carolina

We have recently opened our fourth Carolina Windshield Centers location in Morrisville, North Carolina!

From our new location, our mobile auto glass repair specialists will be able to make on-location windshield repairs and replacements throughout the greater Raleigh-Durham area. We are proud to expand into this new area where we can provide our safe, fast, and convenient windshield replacement services! You can contact our new location at (919) 670-2885.

We also have locations in the following cities:

Charlotte, NC

Greensboro, NC

Hickory, NC

Key Auto Glass Terminology

We are always striving to provide the best possible auto glass services possible while educating our customers along the way. These important terms will help you when discussing your auto glass repair with your technician.

  • Adhesive: The bonding substance used to attach your auto glass to your vehicle. At Carolina Windshield Centers, we use Sika brand urethane adhesive.
  • AGRSS: The Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards, a set of auto glass repair standards developed to promote safety in auto glass replacement processes.
  • Back windshield: A term used to describe the piece of auto glass affixed to the back of the car.
  • Chip: A small divet or ding in the auto glass that does not penetrate the entire piece of glass and can be safely repaired in many cases.
  • Cure time: The period of time that it takes for the adhesive used in a windshield replacement to completely set. For our Sika brand adhesive, this is about one hour.
  • Drive away time: The amount of time it takes after a replacement until the vehicle is safe to drive.
  • Heads-up display: A visual display on your windshield that has information traditionally found on the car’s dashboard. Most HUDs are projected but there are upcoming models with a screen integrated into the windshield.
  • Laminated glass: The type of glass used by automobiles. Laminated glass is designed to stay in one piece when damaged, reducing the chance of shattering onto the driver.
  • O.E.M.: Original Equipment Manufacturer glass is built to the same specifications that the original auto glass was made. It is often built by the same manufacturer that made your original glass, but is sometimes made by a new manufacturer building to the original specifications.
  • Quarter glass: The small corner of glass usually a part of the rear windows.
  • Repair resin: The resin used to fill in chips or cracks in auto glass repairs. Carolina Windshield Centers uses Clarity Windshield Repair Resin.

Safe Driving Tips for Fall

Every season brings its own challenges when it comes to driving. So why would Fall be any different? During the fall season, many drivers take to the road for back to school, so you can expect more young drivers on the road in the morning and afternoon.

Fall weather brings certain dangers to driving. Fall is typically a rainy season – couple this with leaves on the road and you can quickly lose control of your car and get into an accident. In order to avoid this, keep an eye on big patches of road covered in leaves. Slow down before you get to the leaves to stay in control.

Fog is also common during the fall season- especially in the morning. You are better off using your low beams driving through fog – high beams cause glare.

Deer are most active during the fall. Avoid deer collision by staying focused and watching for deer crossing signs.

Back to school means more drivers, especially young drivers, on the road. There may also be school buses on the road during your morning commute so you should leave yourself more time in the morning.

 

Carolina Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop. For more information about our windshield replacement services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.